Emporia State University Theatre Arts  performed TOO MANY COOKS from 9th to 12th June in the Bruder Theatre.

This was part of their 60th anniversary season. The Canadian comedy has been hailed by critics as “hilarious,” “brilliantly written” and “a huge success.”

The plot, taken from the group Facebook page, states

“It’s 1932 in Niagara Falls, Canada, where Irving Bubbalowe (Andrew McCutcheon) and his daughter, Honey (Aubrey Near), have risked everything they have to open a new gourmet restaurant. When their star – the renowned singing chef François LaPlouffe – fails to appear, their grand opening is suddenly placed in jeopardy. Suddenly unemployed chef Frank Plunkett (Brock Boudoin) wanders in looking for work and is persuaded to masquerade as the missing LaPlouffe. The beleaguered Bubbalowe also has to contend with Chicago gangster Alfonse Feghetti (Nathan Dale Short) and his sidekick (Emmanuel Cockrell) who have come looking for an illegal shipment of booze and deliveryman Mickey McCall (John Lloyd Stafford III). In addition, Bubbalowe has to keep at bay the hot-blooded Immigration officer Veronica Snook (Sydney Main) as well as a suspicious teetotalling Mountie (Landon Noll) and his horse Rosie (George Spelvin).”

The show raised almost $150 for Theatre Scholarships.

Food, glorious food.

Another TOO MANY COOKS to try at home…..

This one is the setting for a murder mystery where Too Many Cooks spoil more than the broth.

This 8 Player game opens at the highlight of the culinary year, the annual British Good Food Awards dinner. But before the prizes can be awarded, Veronica Hacker, the investigative journalist, is found dead in her suite. Was she the victim of revenge, or another dish best served cold…….

Who could have done it?

Possibly Annabel Sloane-Ranger, the Roedean educated girl who now runs a successful catering business with a couple of school-chums. Or maybe Fay Rocher, who moved to Britain from Switzerland at the age of 21, bringing the tradition of fine chocolate making with her. Or how about her business partner, Sandi Beech. Then there is Doug Meadows, the American tycoon who has recently introduced US-style cookies to Britain. And who can forget life-style guru Trisha Branflake?

And what of the other suspects?

Peter Savoury enjoys fast cars and living dangerously. Did Peter do something too dangerous? Everyone knows Bill Wordsworth bakes exceedingly good cakes, and is an excellent employer who looks after his staff well…..but did he take care of Veronica? Rudi Emmental is a reclusive Swiss cheese maker. He rarely leaves his hideaway in rural Devon. Did he have an ulterior motive for coming here?

The only way to find out is to order the Too Many Cooks – Murder Mystery.

Available from ITM Games for £20

Too Many cooks

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